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Ascent of Mount Princeton on 2017-10-08

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:HC Liang
Date:Sunday, October 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Princeton
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14197 ft / 4327 m

Ascent Trip Report

HC used his High clearance AWD SUV to gain enough ground to park at the towers. Note the road up there is pretty rough not for any 2WD and a bottom scraper on even a high clearance vehicle in places. There is limited parking at the tower but just up the road no more than another quarter of a mile we saw about a dozen good spaces. We hiked as a team up the standard trail and there was snow from about 2 inches to 12 inches deep in places. We used microspikes and poles. The original trail up the ravine at one point is now directed up a series of very steep switchbacks up to the main ridge at the saddle low point between Tigger and Princeton Peaks. THe early morning snow was very icy and in places the switchbacks crosses some steeper gully like areas were if one were to fall one would need and ice ax to self arrest. Our microspikes were biting well and we felt safe to continue with out self arrest gear because it was only really one gully area that was a bit iffy and as the sun heated up we were sure the rout down would be far safter (and it was later in the day). Most of the mountain was not covered in snow but where snow was in between rocks we had some post holing up to 12 inches or more.

Winds were about 30 to 35 mph. Very few people were on the mountain today. We made it to the top and had perfect blue skies and the winds stopped long enough for us to enjoy amazing views. Antero in particular provides a very interest view from the top. The blustery winds and snow must have kept the Sunday crowds to a minimum. We felt so good that we went for Tigger too. Coming down Tigger turned out to be more difficult than we expected. I selected a steep snow-talus slope because by the end of the day the snow was nice and soft BUT this turned out to be a slow and arduous path. We should have gone down the ridge side where there was not snow. Oh well.
IN hindsight, the best path would have been to climb up steep Tigger and then summit Princeton and then head down he standard trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3347 ft / 1019 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3347 ft / 1019 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
37F to 45F windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3332 ft / 1015 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3317 ft / 1011 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:standard trail from towers
    Start Trailhead:4x4 road parking at towers  10880 ft / 3316 m
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3332 ft / 1015 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3317 ft / 1011 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Gain on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    End Trailhead:10880 ft / 3316 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Princeton

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Princeton2017-10-08 a3347 ft / 1020 m
2Tigger Peak2017-10-08 b230 ft / 70 m
Total Trip Gain: 3577 ft / 1090 m    Total Trip Loss: 3377 ft / 1029 m



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